A medieval trial in which the accused had to swallow consecrated bread

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  • Corsned — Cors ned (k[^o]rs n[e^]d), n. [AS. corsn[=ae]d.] (AS. Laws) The morsel of execration; a species of ordeal consisting in the eating of a piece of bread consecrated by imprecation. If the suspected person ate it freely, he was pronounced innocent;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Corsned — Corsned, im Mittelalter geweihtes Brod u. Käse, s. u. Gottesurtheil …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • CORSNED — in Glossario Sax. tempore Eduardi III. exarato, panis coniuratus. Anglo Saxonibus nempe in more erat, panem certis quibusdam destinatisque sententiis consecratum reo gustandum offerre; quem panem istiusmodi ceremoniis dedicatum credebant firmiter …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • corsned — /körsˈned/ (historical) noun A piece of bread or cheese, swallowed in trial by ordeal and believed to prove guilt if it stuck in the throat ORIGIN: OE corsnǣd, from gecor (cf coren, pap of cēosan to choose) and snǣd, a piece, from snīdan to cut …   Useful english dictionary

  • Corsned — In Anglo Saxon law, corsned (OE cor, trial, investigation , + snǽd, bit, piece ; Latin panis conjuratus), also known as the accursed or sacred morsel, or the morsel of execration, was a type of trial by ordeal consisting in the eating of a piece… …   Wikipedia

  • corsned — /korsned/ In Saxon law, the morsel of exe cration. A species of ordeal in use among the Saxons, performed by eating a piece of bread over which the priest had pronounced a certain imprecation. If the accused ate it freely, he was pronounced… …   Black's law dictionary

  • corsned — A form of trial by purgation which consisted in feeding the accused person a small piece of consecrated bread or cheese and at the same time praying for his ability to swallow it if innocent and for his choking if guilty. The term was also… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Trial by ordeal — is a judicial practice by which the guilt or innocence of the accused is determined by subjecting them to an unpleasant, usually dangerous experience. In some cases, the accused were considered innocent only if they survived the test, or if their …   Wikipedia

  • Alphitomancy — (from Greek alphito , barley , and manteia , divination ) is a form of divination involving barley cakes or loaves of barley bread.When someone in a group was suspected of a crime, the members of the group would be fed barley cakes or slices of… …   Wikipedia

  • Barley — For other uses, see Barley (disambiguation). Barley Barley field …   Wikipedia

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